From the moment I was diagnosed as atypical bipolar II, I tried to find information on how to heal myself. In retrospect, what hampered me most was my psychiatrists' insistence that my illness was biochemical. In fact, ten years later I read that psychiatric researchers had no idea what the causal factors for bipolar depression were, nor how to treat it.
When I realized that all BIPS (bipolars)--whether they come to this illness from mania or depression, and whether they suffer from psychosis or not--are treated with the same medications, it makes no sense. To me, it is like giving all diabetics insulin, whether they need it or not.
In the end, I decided I wasn't "treatment resistant" at all. I had just been given the wrong medication or perhaps I truly wasn't bipolar, and that's why the medication didn't work. It's quite possible that initially it was a misdiagnosis. In fact, I've never read about anyone else who was diagnosed as bipolar II because she/he suffered from two six-week-depressive episodes a year and was cheerful the rest of the time.
What I do know is that the medication I was given made me worse from the get-go. I'm not sure how malpractice is defined but it would seem that if you take a person who is depressed approximately 85 days a year and in the very first year you make her sick 365 days a year, and then you tell her she is non-compliant if she doesn't take the medicine that is making her worse, this is malpractice. What do you think?
If you're bipolar II, has medication worked for you? If so, what works? If not, how are you healing yourself?